It’s been a busy week at NRL Warrior HQ so there’s been no time to tell stories, but despite the men from Mt Smart sitting safely in the Top 4 regardless of what happens on Friday night, this game feels particularly important to set the tone for the remainder of the season. Here’s six things I’ll be watching out for against the Dragons. Continue reading Set of Six
What a relief.
This time last week, Warrior Nation was under attack. The noises were deafening, the opposition relentless and the suffering immense. We were weak, vulnerable, and some saw it as a perfect opportunity to come in for the kill.
Then came team-naming Tuesday, and the return of Simon Mannering gave us hope. As a veteran of many battles, and a man with great courage and commitment, he was someone we could believe in, someone who we knew would fight hard to restore honour to the Warrior name. Perhaps even more importantly, we saw a Brisbane squad depleted by Origin and injury. We saw weakness. Our belief grew stronger.
Cambridge Dictionaries Online describes ‘A walk in the park’ as: ‘something that is very easy to do, and usually pleasant’. I’m not sure I can describe the Warriors’ win over Newcastle any better than that.
With all the drama that has gone on this year and the tight games we have come to expect in the NRL, Saturday evening was almost anti-climactic, although you won’t hear any complaining from me if the men from Mt Smart make it look that easy every week. At times it felt like they never got out of second gear, but they do deserve credit for being ruthless when they needed to be and for coming away not only with the win but with 50 points next to their name — a nice (and much-needed) boost to the for and against column. Wasn’t it good to feel, as soon as the game got into its rhythm, that the Warriors were almost certainly going to win? And then to feel like the points were definitely safe with 30 minutes still on the clock? To lean back in your chair and enjoy the show with your heart beating at the same pace as a regular person for a change? Continue reading Walk in the Park
Every year we ride the Warriors’ rollercoaster and almost expect the ups and downs, so much so that they generally come as no great surprise. But this season the lows have been so low, and compounded by off-field distractions, that they’ve felt a lot more upsetting, a lot more urgent. And then right when we thought it was all over, another season down the toilet, smashed to smithereens and with the shrapnel from the bomb blast looking likely to create more casualties than just Konrad Hurrell, the men from Mt Smart went and produced their best performance of the year and finally looked like the team we all hoped they might be.
Typical. Just typical.
So now we revert back to what must quickly be becoming a dreaded word around Warriors’ HQ: Consistency. Can the men from Mt Smart find it? Can they actually play well two weeks in a row? Three? For the rest of the season? Continue reading Must win